This morning’s group was a bit different. We met at Starbuck’s instead of the usual Bridges Agency location. It was nice to sit outside and enjoy the nice 54 degree weather… in July! We talked through prayer requests. More than anything, we just talked and enjoyed the morning.
Joel did bring up a passage of Scripture from Mark that was excellent. He stated, “I have a Scripture to share but nothing else to go with it.” You know – God has promised us that His Word will not return void.
He read Mark 9:46-48,
Then there was an argument among them as to which of them would be the greatest. But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he brought a little child to his side. Then he said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest.”
I’ve been thinking so much lately about vision for my life. Wanting and desiring a vision from God as to what I need to be “doing” for Him. Jesus said it all in these verses… the vision is to serve. No matter what you’re “doing” it is about serving… being the least among men… serving Jesus by serving others. We aren’t to serve in order to wear a title… to be seen by others but rather to serve Christ so that we may know him in our service.
Jesus goes on to instruct his disciples in Mark 10:2,
“The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. Pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest, and ask him to send out more workers for his fields.”
I’ve worked in, around, and with church plants since 1999. It’s so easy to get one’s focus on the object of serving over the One being served. It will be a sad day to meet the Lord and say but Lord, “We put out signs in your name, set up chairs in your name, ran the sound in your name, sent out post cards in your name, transformed schools into churches in your name…” just to hear him say, “Depart from me I never knew you.”
By no means am I mocking and putting down church plants and church planters. I just know how easy it is to fall into the trap of “building” the machine to the neglect of the Master Builder. This is true of any Christian worker. If we aren’t careful we can lose our vision of getting to know Jesus and get lost in the work we are doing.
A true disciple doesn’t get his focus on the task of serving but rather the One being served… getting to know the Lord of the harvest.